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My liftgate ajar warning light comes on after car is started. however liftgate is latched. any ideas?

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Try rolling down a window or leaving a door open, shut liftgate hard. see if it still shows liftgate ajar. on my explorer the seals in door and windows shut so tightly that it was almost impossible to get the gate closed completely with doors closed and windows up.

if this doesn't help then you might need a new switch on it.

Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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